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    05-26-2012, 06:55 PM
  #41
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For me, its defiantly harder jumping without a mane, but Im glad it has got me into learning the auto release, and its improving my balance, as Im not relying on the mane jumping, or bareback... And it keeps him cooler without that huge mane lying on his neck :3
     
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    05-27-2012, 07:48 AM
  #42
Trained
For me, as well... I do occasionally catch his mouth if I get left behind, you just have to learn to have a good enough release that no matter where you're at, you don't catch their mouth. I used to just let the reins slide through my fingers :P my coach nearly ripped my head off for that the first time he saw me do it, because I then had to re-gather my reins and couldn't do anything with my horse for 3 or 4 strides after a jump!
     
    05-31-2012, 12:35 PM
  #43
Weanling
I've been debating hogging my miniature mare's mane... I think you've inspired me to do it! ;) I did my mini gelding's a few years ago when it was all scraggly and gross, and it seems to have grown back much smoother and more manageable. I brush her mane almost every day and it still looks like crap. Clippers, here we go!
     
    06-05-2012, 12:41 PM
  #44
Weanling
Im terrible at mane control so Ill leave that advice to the others, but for jumping you could put a neck strap on. Moves more than mane but still encourages a reach forward and offers some support :) Just tie a lead rope round, or a stirrup leather.
     
    06-07-2012, 03:52 PM
  #45
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Originally Posted by OwnedByAlli    
Im terrible at mane control so Ill leave that advice to the others, but for jumping you could put a neck strap on. Moves more than mane but still encourages a reach forward and offers some support :) Just tie a lead rope round, or a stirrup leather.
I already tried a neck rope... Hehe, it didnt work. It moved WAY to much, and when I was jumping, I didnt even grab on it even though it was their. Didnt work out xD
     
    06-07-2012, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
For me, as well... I do occasionally catch his mouth if I get left behind, you just have to learn to have a good enough release that no matter where you're at, you don't catch their mouth. I used to just let the reins slide through my fingers :P my coach nearly ripped my head off for that the first time he saw me do it, because I then had to re-gather my reins and couldn't do anything with my horse for 3 or 4 strides after a jump!
That is the exact problem I am having. If I get left behind, instead of pulling his mane, I pull the reins and catch him in the mouth... Ugh. And, funny, as I have been letting his reins slide through my fingers too, () as even if I have to gather them back up, I would still have more loose reins than catch him in his mouth... Personal opinion If I do catch him in his mouth, the next jump, even if I don't get left behind, when he lands he acts as if I just caught him in the mouth, throwing his head up to release any pressure I might have put on his mouth when I got left behind... But, the third jump is back to normal!
     
    06-08-2012, 09:15 AM
  #47
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Originally Posted by Gallop On    
That is the exact problem I am having. If I get left behind, instead of pulling his mane, I pull the reins and catch him in the mouth... Ugh. And, funny, as I have been letting his reins slide through my fingers too, () as even if I have to gather them back up, I would still have more loose reins than catch him in his mouth... Personal opinion If I do catch him in his mouth, the next jump, even if I don't get left behind, when he lands he acts as if I just caught him in the mouth, throwing his head up to release any pressure I might have put on his mouth when I got left behind... But, the third jump is back to normal!
lol you're lucky then... my boy bolts if you catch his mouth, he just cannot handle it. I just had to work on my release and either give a bigger crest release or a better auto release.
     

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